York County on the verge of 100,000 COVID-19 cases since start of pandemic

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

York County is on the verge of hitting 100,000 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with the addition of 1,171 new cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours.

The county is set to reach the milestone Friday, with Thursday's added cases just 33 cases shy of the figure. According to the state Department of Health, the county has logged 99,967 total cases and 1,269 deaths.  

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York County is in the midst of a COVID-19 surge, with more than 1,000 new daily cases now the norm when it was an unprecedented number only a month before. In less than 10 days, the county has logged more than 10,000 new cases, which is more than a tenth of the county's overall cases since the start of the pandemic. 

Most public health experts attribute the surge to the highly contagious omicron variant, but sources hope that the variant might be nearing its peak in the U.S. The Associated Press reported that the variant has proved so wildly contagious that it may already be running out of people to infect, just a month and a half after it was first detected in South Africa.

“It’s going to come down as fast as it went up,” Ali Mokdad, a professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, told the AP.

York County COVID-19 data as of Jan. 13, 2022.

York County has the highest daily cases per capita among its four neighboring counties, at 245 daily cases per 100,000 people, according to The New York Times. However, the rate of COVID-19 spread in York County is lower than in most of its neighbors:

  • York County: 86% increase in cases over the last 14 days
  • Lancaster County: 154% increase in cases over the last 14 days
  • Adams County: 32% increase in cases over the last 14 days
  • Cumberland County: 123% increase in cases over the last 14 days
  • Dauphin County: 187% increase in cases over the last 14 days

Across Pennsylvania, the case total increased to 2,375,071 on Thursday. The state reported the death toll has reached 38,253 since the start of the pandemic, according to the state Department of Health.

Hospitals in the county had a total of 267 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Thursday, a decrease of two since Wednesday. Of those patients, 50 adults were in the ICU and 40 were on ventilators, according to the state Department of Health. 

WellSpan York Hospital had 211 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Wednesday. The rest of the WellSpan Health system also is seeing a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 524 patients across all facilities.

Meanwhile, York County's 16 public school districts recorded 248 new cases among them Thursday, bringing the total for this school year up to 6,526 cases. 

More than 200 cases in one day would have been an unprecedented number for schools as early as last week. But on Tuesday, York County schools saw a staggering 423 cases in a single day, more than doubling the previous record for daily cases.

To compare, earlier in this school year, local districts never came close to recording 400 cases within an entire week. Typically, weekly cases hovered around 250. 

York County schools have already more than doubled the total number of COVID-19 cases that were reported throughout all of the previous school year. If the trend of higher cases continue, by this summer local schools could record more than four times the cases they had last year. 

You can keep track of your district's recorded cases for the 2021-2022 school year here. We will continue to update on a daily basis as numbers change.